23 September 2017

small amounts






"Writing must be done in small amounts. I draft passages in notebooks, revise them, and make the final drafts on the typewriter. My speed is about a paragraph a day." --Guy Davenport

Though I can appreciate this quote for the process of writing, I am not so much a writer as I am a visual artist and a sewer. I can see how this process works for me with sewing, quilting, painting, and even gardening and house projects. I am satisfied by the incremental, the slow and steady of what I am able to contribute and create in short periods of time. While some days may result in more than a paragraph (or the equivalent), most days do not lend themselves to whole books (or quilts, or finished works).

What do you do step by step, as you have little bits of time?

21 September 2017

slowing down

"Play, reading, writing, letters, slowness of life all contribute to creativity. When we live fast, we don't have time to catch our breath, to think, to explore, to linger. When we take those slower steps, we begin to see and notice more, to absorb the parts of our lives, the world to have such an effect on us. If we rush through our commutes, we can be exasperated, rushed, tired, short. Everything is a check on the to-do list, not to be relished until it is all complete. But, it is never complete. There will always be another day, another item on the list, another list. The point is not to get rid of the list, or the items on the list, but to slow the list, the items. To relish and enjoy the stages between the steps. During the commute, be grateful fro your job, your car, your life, your family. Be grateful for that time to think, to see, to hear. Be glad for what came before and what will come after."

Source: World Enough and Time by Christian MacEwen.


 


Additional thoughts can be found in Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris.
 

Addendum: I started this post and typed this quote two months ago, after thinking about it for several months. I am possibly the busiest I have been this year and last year, but even as I say that, I can recall some really busy seasons in my life in high school, college, and my first several years working after graduate school. I am aching for a slowing down of activities, commitments, responses, and scheduling. The horizon does look promising because there are at least 2 things I can end and 1 thing to majorly downsize. All of this means that there will be space for something we want to add to our lives and consciously saying no, enough, and not now will be things on our lips more frequently.

  
 The Little Flower - St. Therese of Lisieux (she visited this church at least once, therefore there is a special devotion to her here)

 Saint Rita of Cascia

Images from the church Notre Dame des Victoires in Paris (Our Lady of Victories)

16 January 2017

05 December 2016

26 October 2016

Sainte-Chapelle

 




 Sainte-Chapelle was the private chapel in the royal palace of St. Louis IX, King of France. Also, the namesake of St. Louis, MO.  It was built around 1240, and something like 70% of the stained glass is original. All of the glass was cleaned over the past 7-10 years making the interior glow more brightly. The stained glass only uses 4-5 colors and tells Biblical stories through the Old and New Testaments and the Passion of Chris. The chapel also contains relics of the true cross.

What these pictures do not show are the crowds of people looking up at the stained glass, walls and ceiling. They stay mostly quiet, due to a guard who periodically calls, "Shhhh!" There are tours being given in different languages, quietly, as the groups walk around the inside. However, the crowds do not detract from the true beauty and awe of this space. Though it is large it is not nearly as large as a cathedral, and the light coming in is just breathtaking. I could have stayed in this space all day, given a chair.

06 August 2016

Victoria-by-the-Bay

 Queen Anne's lace

I recently spent some time in on a wonderful little island called Prince Edward. The Queen Anne's lace grows everywhere -by every road, in fields, and by the sea. There were other fields of wildflowers, including lots of lupine.
 imprints in the sand, left by the tide

The beach in this village was all red, with soft, red sand and red rocks, and red dirt and clay roads.
 rocks and seaweed in the low tide
 view away from the bay
 pretty purple wildflowers and red sand beach
 red sand beach and red rocks
last view of Victoria by the bay

23 July 2016

summer

 
My summer is full of travel, work, garden, chickens, reading, socializing, and good food.
I want to try these recipes: 2 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding and Mojito Popsicles
We did try this last night for dinner and it was excellent!: Chicken Korma
I'm not alone in wanting to listen to beautiful music at Mass.

This just reinforces why I like Stephen Colbert.

02 June 2016

wishes for 2016

Here is my list of wishes for 2016:
strikethrough: complete
italics: in progress
travel to Baltimore, MD, Prince Edward Island, across the pond, 
Hamilton, MO (hopefully), plus day trips!
take part in a Catholic Women's Conference in June
take a train somewhere
ride bikes somewhere
be active 3-4x week (gym/walks)
visit the art museum
 paint front door
paint back door
make garden smaller and more efficient
read 50 books
cook 5 new recipes
try 5 new-to-me restaurants
crochet, sew, weave work including:
hats, scarves, cowls,
table runners, quilts sachets,
wall hangings
enter vendor shows
take photos weekly
post blog monthly
see a Muny show
visit the farmer's market
print photographs and update photo albums
say Rosary daily or weekly in the car
go hiking in at least 5 parks locally
paint/collage postcards and send a birthday greetings
attend a Cardinals' game
host a party for friends
try to buy as much Made in USA
research, plan, create, and give homemade Christmas gifts
continue focusing on small business 
using my planner to budget time and remember activities daily, weekly, monthly Links:
7 old wives tales with research backing them

30 May 2016

Memorial Day





all photos taken at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, overlooking the Mississippi River, in the late winter.

In Memorial of all those who have given their lives for our country, so that we may continue to have our freedom. Thank you to all who serve, who have served, and who gave the ultimate sacrifice.